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Archive for November 21st, 2008

Independent 6,896/Nestor

Posted by Ali on 21st November 2008

Ali.

It’s not often that I think that Nimrod isn’t the hardest weekday puzzle, but I really struggled with this one! I only solved 3 clues on my first pass and it took me far too long to get some of the longer down answers which help open up the grid. A nice challenge to end the week nonetheless, and there are some truly outstanding and entertaining clues in here.

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Guardian 24,552 – Gordius

Posted by Ciaran McNulty on 21st November 2008

Ciaran McNulty.

Quite easy for a friday, I thought.  Straightforward and well constructed, with a lot of anagrams.

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Independent 6891/Virgilius (Prize puzzle 15-11-08)

Posted by neildubya on 21st November 2008

neildubya.

A rare treat: Virgilius on a Saturday. About the same level of difficulty as we’ve come to expect from Virgilius and a theme of course: this time, it’s centred around two well-known phrases at 3/28 and 1/7. Read the rest of this entry »

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Inquisitor 98 – Favourite by Loda

Posted by duncanshiell on 21st November 2008

duncanshiell.

LODA is a regular contributer to the Inquisitor series and his (?) puzzles cover a wide range of subjects. This one took us into deepest Peckham in London. We were told that the wordplay in each of the fifty five clues would lead to the answer plus an additional letter. Of the fifty five clues, eighteen had no definition and the extra letters in these spelt out the theme of the puzzle. The remaining thirty seven clues led to six thematic names. Finally we were told that two additional thematic names had to be highlighted in the grid.

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Enigmatic Variations 837: Hobson’s Choice by Syd Lexis

Posted by Dave Hennings on 21st November 2008

Dave Hennings.

Being a natural pessimist, I had visions that my first blog would end up being for a puzzle by Dimitry, Kea or Oxymoron (Schadenfreude’s EV pseudonym), so seeing it was by Syd Lexis was a bit of a relief. The carte blanche grid did sow some seeds of doubt, but at least there were no missing/extra letters/words or misprints to worry about; if nothing else that would make the blog straightforward and there would be no fancy colouring, well not much as it turned out.

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FT 12,931/Falcon – Non-Darwinian Evolution

Posted by smiffy on 21st November 2008

smiffy.

Another early upload online for the puzzle (thanks Messrs Editor/Webmaster) allows me the opportunity to blog promptly again this week.  Nothing particularly byzantine here – other than my lack of familiarity with Mel Torme – and the theme is readily apparent, with only the Northern Territory and Tasmania missing a name-check.

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